VORTEX SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM

Founded in 1991, the award winning Summer Youth Theatre (SYT) provides tuition-free opportunities for teenagers ages 13-17. SYT provides students with experiences in all aspects of theatre, including acting, technical theatre, and publicity. The rehearsals culminate in a full production of a play, presented to the public for six performances over two weekends. SYT encourages diversity; students of any ethnicity, heritage, gender, as well as students with disabilities or economic challenges are welcome to audition. The experience enhances self-esteem and creativity, providing an excellent summer activity for Central Texas youth. Former SYT participants have received university scholarships, advanced training, and professional credits.

Best Theatre for Kids That Treats Kids Like Grownups.
— Austin Chronicle Award

AUDITIONS & INTERVIEWS MAY OF EVERY YEAR

The VORTEX Summer Youth program is a FREE award-winning, fun and educational summer theatre program for teenagers at The VORTEX 2307 Manor Road, Austin. Participants are selected without regard to gender, color, ethnicity, economic status, disability, or ability. Theatrical experience is not required. Must make and keep a professional commitment.  Rehearsals occur evenings and weekends in June and July.

Call 512-478-5282 for audition appointments.

 

PAST PERFORMANCES

2016: The Madwoman of Chaillot

2015: Tartuffe

2014: An Enemy of the People

2013: Antigone

2012: Commedia of Errors

2011: The Physicists

2010: You Can't Take It With You
B. Iden Payne nomination for Performer in Youth Theatre: Steven Fay

2009: R.U.R. Rossum’s Universial Robots
B. Iden Payne Award for Youth Performance

2008: School for Scandal

2007: Wyrd Sisters

2006: The Visit
B. Iden Payne Award for Youth Performance: Taylor Flanagan
B. Iden Payne Nomination for Ensemble Performance: Avery Ashwill & Ian Stilwell

2005: Vitriol and Violets: Tales from the Algonquin Round Table
B. Iden Payne Award for Youth Actor: Kathleen Fletcher (winner)

2004: The Good Woman of Setzuan
B. Iden Payne Nomination for Outstanding Youth Performer

2003: The Conference of the Birds

2002: Moby Dick
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Direction
B. Iden Payne Award for Youth Actor - Stewart Johnson
B. Iden Payne Award for Youth Actress - Elizabeth Doss

2001: Cyrano de Bergerac

2000: The Frogs
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Direction
B. Iden Payne Nomination for Outstanding Production
B. Iden Payne Nomination for Outstanding Actor - David Saldaña
B. Iden Payne Nomination for Outstanding Actress - Tiffany Nicely-Williams

1999: Machinal
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Sound Design
B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Production of a Play for Children

1998: Animal Farm

1997: Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities
The David Mark Cohen New Play Award

1996: The Madwoman of Chaillot

1995: The Insect Comedy

1993: An Enemy of the People

1992: Rhinoceros

1991: The Skin of Our Teeth

1991: Step on a Crack